Officials Still Investigating Possible Data Scrubbing In Columbus

Ohio Superintendent of Schools Stan Heffner says the investigation of changes made to student attendance data in several districts could lead to criminal charges for any educators who commit fraud.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)
Ohio Superintendent of Schools Stan Heffner says the investigation of changes made to student attendance data in several districts could lead to criminal charges for any educators who commit fraud.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)

The superintendent of Ohio schools says he will press criminal charges against educators who commit fraud.

The comments by Stan Heffner came yesterday on news that Lockland Schools near Cincinnati is joining Columbus City Schools and Toledo Schools in facing concerns about the possible changing student data to increase ratings on state report cards.

State education officials say Lockland’s report card grade will be lowered, but Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says false data investigations are rare.

“This is the first time that we’ve been able to detect that there’s been irregularities in reporting of attendance figures.”

Charlton says while the department has already taken action against Lockland, it’s still investigating possible manipulation of attendance data in Columbus.

“We analyze the data, and we can determine from that analyzing any irregularities.”

Charlton says the Department of Education standard bans changing or manipulation of data to improve attendance rates or test scores. Attendance and test scores are critical for districts to receive a good annual performance rating.

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  • JLGivens

    For whatever their reasons, the board has been turning a blind eye to these practices for years as ongoing complaints by a watchdog group called PASS were submitted and virtually ignored. PASS, whom the board treated as a nuisance, gave them ample opportunity to clean up the mess, in which case Ms. Perkins and company could have looked like heroes. Unfortunately, the board president chose to deny any and all complaints, which we now know were ligitimate. Because of her bad judgment, she and her board now look like villains. Ms. Perkins has placed herself in an extremely awkward position having to endure a lengthy internal audit, negative press, and whatever other legal ramifications that may be coming down the road.